Indian Telly Awards recognize excellence on and behind the TV

MUMBAI: The Indian television Industry turned up in strength at the Fifth Indian Telly Awards Trade Technical Channel and Programming Nite to recognize and celebrate excellence on TV and by people -behind-the-scenes - the technicians. videographers, channel heads, CEOs, actors, scritpwriters, editors, costume designers, documentary-makers came together to give away 64 categories of awards to their peers.

The Technical Awards follow the Popular Indian Telly Awards which were held on 27 Novemeber 2005 to honour excellence by the artistes and shows on the screen between 1 July 2004 and 31 August 2005.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Dr Ramanand Sagar Indian Telly Award for a life time of Technical Excellence to veteran make up artiste Pandhari Juker by the late film and television maker's son Anand and daughter-in-law Nisha Sagar. The industry stood up en masse and applauded Juker whose career spans five decades having trained more than 70 per cent of the make up artistes today (including Bharat and Mickey Contractor) and has been involved in a slew of DD series and with almost every Balaji Telefilms teleserial.

The evening opened with a welcome address by Indian Telly Awards founder Anil Wanvari who spoke about the quick fire growth of the TV industry and the role that the behind-the-scenes professionals have played in its expansion. "The actors get all the attention and glory, the technicians satisfaction. The Technical, Trade Programming and Channel Telly Awards Nite is an opportunity for the industry to thank and appreciate the efforts they have put in."

UTV group CEO Ronnie Screwvala, actor Pawan Shankar also highlighted the contribution that TV technicians have made to the growth of the TV industry and narrated key moments when technicians pitched in to save the day.

The awards presentation was followed bv the launch of TV fan portal The portal gives TV actors, producers, technicians an online platform to stay connected with their fans - both in India and overseas - has news, features, photo galleries, polls, bulletin boards, and even video interviews, news and features online. The launch function was attended by the crème de la crème of the TV industry.

The site is edited by Aparna Joshi and becomes the second of the websites launched by Wanvari and is already generating in excess of two million page views a month. TV fans can log onto Tellychakkar at and The Indian Telly Awards were set up by media analyst Anil Wanvari. is a television services company and is located at The Indian Telly Awards are the most recognized Indian television awards in India and are in the fifth year. The Indian Telly Awards Technical Trade Channel and Programming Nite has Maxell as the presenting sponsor.

Sahara One, Tez (from the TV Today Network), Awaaz (part of CNBC TV 18) are the ground sponsors. Mid-Day is the communication partner; Rajasthan Patrika the ground support partner. Lokmat and Punjab Kesari are the print partners.

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